The Smartphone Series
10 models analysed
In June this year, we had published International Consumer Research and Testing’s (ICRT) test report on 16 models of GSM smartphones based on parameters that mattered to most of us, including efficiency, battery life, storage capacity, design and durability. On the whole, the dilemma today is not about should you get a smartphone; the confusion is all about which one and for what. To broaden the options, we bring to you another report covering eight smartphones and two phablets. This has been compiled from ICRT’s report and other relevant consumer reports.
Smartphones with their advanced operating systems, larger displays, digital or virtual QWERTY keyboards, and other computer-like features are a better choice for people who need frequent access to multiple email accounts, a sophisticated organizer for appointments and contacts, the ability to open Office documents, and Internet-based services. One compelling advantage of most smartphones is their ability to access a host of applications related to productivity tools, shopping, multimedia, games, travel, news, weather, social, finance, and so on. Smartphones such as the iPhone and Android-based models are leading the charge.
Phablet (a blend word derived from ‘phone’ and ‘tablet’) is a class of smartphones with screen size between 5 inches and 8 inches and designed to incorporate or complement the functions of smartphones and tablets. Tablet is a gadget that has a touchscreen interface and usually measures 8.9 to 10 inches.
We have not given rankings to the tested phones and cannot rate any one the best or the worst – a particular feature or quality of one may be the best,
while it may also have another feature that is below par. The parameters on which this report is based include durability, efficiency and convenience, display in general, keypad/keyboard/touchscreen convenience, responsiveness of the touchscreen, battery running time, picture quality and settings of camera, sound quality of delivered headphone, Web browser convenience/ Internet use, and finally water-resistance test.
Popular, high-profile models such as the iPhone, the Motorola Droid and the Samsung Galaxy command the highest prices. Luckily, though, there are a growing number of less glamorous, entry-level smartphones that can perform most of the same functions for much less, albeit with lower-speed processors, slower data connections, less-capable cameras, or lower-resolution displays